What is a Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)?
Sturgeon are an ancient fish that date back to the age of the dinosaurs. They are a cartilaginous (nearly boneless) fish with a sucker-like mouth, shark-like tail, sensitive barbels (whiskers) under the snout, and bony scutes (plates) along the sides and top of its body. They are opportunistic feeders, meaning they feed on almost anything they can find, with a diet consisting primarily of invertebrates, insect larvae, crayfish, worms and mollusks. Size, weight and lifespan vary from species to species.
In 2013 there was a change in Georgia law requiring that the ginseng harvest season starts on September 1, instead of on August 15.
The majority of states that permit the harvest and sale of American Ginseng have established a beginning harvest date of September 1. To improve consistency, reduce confusion and prevent potential illegal trade, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urged all states to change the harvest season start date to September 1.
The Satilla River is a blackwater system draining over 3,000 square miles of coastal plain habitat in Georgia. The tannic waters of this river are home to several species of catfish and panfish, and historically it has been one of the premier sunfish angling destinations in Georgia, particularly for redbreast sunfish (Lepomis auritus).
The links below will take you to external websites with pond management information.
References at these websites to:
- fish being provided at no cost to pond owners by DNR, and
- on-site pond consultations by DNR, are dated.